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Tinley Park Kitchen

& Bath Shoppe

Home improvements

that offer the most value

A fresh coat of paint

can improve the look of

one’s home, but beyond

the paint, which home

improvements are worth

the effort and expense?

If one considers the cost

of the improvement versus

the resale value, they

can measure the actual

percent return on your

investment.

Here are the Top 5 remodeling

projects with

the highest return on investment.

Remember to

evaluate these against

necessity based on one’s

personal situation. For

instance: if one’s windows

are really old and

no longer keeping out the

cold, then new windows

may actually hold more

value for your home —

savings realized on one’s

utility bill and in resale.

Top 5 (for most homes)

• Attic insulation (up to

117 percent return) —

involves sealing off

any air leaks and using

fiberglass loose fill insulation.

• Manufactured Stone

Veneer (up to 92.9 percent

return) — replacing

the bottom onethird

of the exterior

vinyl siding.

• Garage Door Replacement

(up to 91.5 percent

return) — based

on a new four-section

door on steel tracks.

• Entry Door Replacement

(up to 91.1 percent

return) — steel

door with half glass

panel (steel has a higher

return than fiberglass).

• Minor Kitchen Remodel

(up to 83.1 percent

return) — assuming

the cabinet boxes stay

in place with new

fronts, drawers, hardware,

countertop, oven

and faucet (approximate

cost of $20,000).

Other thoughts on

improvements

An easy place to increase

the value and curb

appeal of one’s home is

your landscaping. First

impressions are often

lasting ones. Make sure

trees are neat and shrubs

are trimmed — one does

not need to spend a ton

of money to create a

welcoming look. If one

does not have a lot of

time for flowers, look for

low-maintenance options

with a little color. Hanging

baskets or planters

are great alternatives to

standard flower beds.

Kitchens are especially

important when assessing

one’s home’s overall

value. One can make

improvements to their

kitchen without spending

$20,000. Painting

the cabinets and installing

new hardware are

relatively easy options.

With a reasonable budget

($5,000) one can also

update their appliances

(stainless steel is still

the first choice) and their

countertop (quartz is durable

and attractive).

If one is considering

a home improvement

project, talk to a home

financing specialist from

Marquette Bank. Recent

rate reductions have

made home equity lines

of credit a more attractive

option for home improvement

financing.

Submitted by Marquette

Bank, 9533 W. 143rd St.

in Orland Park. For more

information, call (888) 254-

9500 or visit emarquette

bank.com/welcomehome.

recognized as ‘Best

in the Southland’

If you head into the Tinley Park Kitchen

& Bath Shoppe in the downtown historic

district, you will see a showroom

that welcomes you with gorgeous home

designs. What you will also see is three

People’s Choice Awards and nine Best

of the Southland awards hanging on the

walls, a testament to the company’s commitment

to quality.

John Cancialosi, president of Tinley

Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe, said receiving

the awards never gets old or routine.

“It’s a great feeling, true validation that

we are doing things right here,” he said.

Established success

At a time when the marketplace is as

competitive as ever, Tinley Park Kitchen

& Bath Shoppe enjoys a level of success

and recognition that has provided renewed

opportunities and longevity. The

company will celebrate its 15th anniversary

next year.

After 15 years of applying his skills in

the cabinet industry, Cancialosi opened

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe to

help customers achieve their dreams in

rooms throughout their homes. The process

of designing a project and working

with people throughout the region has

never gotten old for him and he still finds

it very satisfying.

Cancialosi said he has seen generations

of customers over the years, with

children of his original customers coming

in for remodeling projects.

“The best thing is the repeat customers

we have seen over the years,” he said.

“They call us back when they move to a

new home, or when they want to remodel

another bathroom or kitchen in their existing

home.”

Difference maker

According to Cancialosi, when it

comes to getting things right and making

every project an individual source of

pride, it’s his team that is the real difference

maker for more than a decade.

“I truly believe the team we have assembled

here it what sets us apart from

all the rest, from the designers to the

craftsman out in the field. Everybody

realizes we work as one large team. I

have had the same people here for 12-14

years,” Cancialosi said.

Proven process

When you come into the showroom,

you will see many examples of the cabinets,

counters, tile, hardware, flooring

and other accessories offered by Tinley

Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe. Cancialosi

said his team handles everything in the

process from soup to nuts, a true design

build company.

“We do everything from the moment

a client come into our showroom and

sit down with us to talk about what they

would like to see,” he said. “We put a

plan of action together, layout a design,

go through the proposal and contract

stage, and get them on the calendar. Our

craftsman in the field take over from

there.”

According to Cancialosi, projects

typically get scheduled between 30 to

45 days in advance. He says he is in the

showroom six days a week and he still

enjoys the creative part of the job.

“I think the best part of my job is the

creative process and seeing the customer

satisfaction at the end of the job,” Cancialosi

said.

Submitted by Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath,

17050 South Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park.

For more information, call (708) 429-6601

or visit tpkitchenandbath.com or Tinley Park

Kitchen & Bath on Facebook.


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River Road Tops brings decades

of experience to Lockport

River Road Tops first opened its

doors in Lemont in 1994.

Since then, it has expanded its

space and business and moved to

Lockport. It is a family-owned and

-operated business that has been open

for 18 years, with more than 37 years

of experience.

Its expanding showroom is designed

to showcase several different

materials, colors and designs that are

available. It extends quality service to

its customers, as well as offers custom

and personal advice on home design

that cannot be matched elsewhere.

No other fabricator can match our

experience or impeccable craftsmanship.

River Road Tops specializes in custom

cabinets and countertops for any

residential or commercial space. Offering

custom cabinets and countertops

means having a lot more space,

as well as several different options.

River Road Tops presents its customers

with a wide variety of products.

In addition to cabinets and countertops,

River Road Tops also specializes

in custom kitchens and baths,

entertainment centers, fireplaces and

wall units. It is proud to present its

customers with quality materials

such as granite, marble, quartz, limestone,

solid surface and laminate.

River Road Tops thinks that its

business is only as good as its satisfied

customers. Most of the work that

has been done is through referrals

from all of our satisfied clients.

The owner helps customers

throughout this entire process.

Whether it may be picking out a material,

style, or even color, he thinks

that working with the customer from

start to finish leads to the right design.

Every detail is handcrafted to

make it personal.

Submitted by River Road Tops, 3341 S.

State St., Lockport. For more information,

visit riverroadtops.com or call

(815) 723-8700.

Go with Gary for financial needs

As a financial representative

with Country Financial, Gary

works with his clients as their

resource to help build, preserve

and transfer their financial

security through a longterm,

one-on-one relationship.

Utilizing a disciplined and

ongoing process to address a

wide range of financial security

needs, Gary offers insurance

and financial solutions

to help his clients realize their

financial security goals.

While Gary works locally

with his clients in Lockport,

Homer Glen and Lemont, he is

supported by the vast resources

at Country Financial. This

allows him to draw on the extensive

knowledge of the team

to develop strategies tailored

to his clients’ unique situations

and deliver a very high level of

personalized service.

Gary has more than 30

years of financial services

experience. He is a graduate

of the University of Illinois

Champaign-Urbana Campus

and holds the CFP certification

from the Certified

Financial Planner Board of

Standards since 1999. Gary

and Alex are members of the

National Eagle Scout Association

of the Boy Scouts of

America. Gary is a resident

of Lemont, and married to

Judy, a graduate of the University

of Notre Dame. They

have two children. Alex is a

graduate of Bradley University

and Sydney is attending

Marquette University.

So, I’m taking this moment

to remind you that not only

am I a Country Financial representative

but I’ve also been

a CFP professional for 20

years. The designation comes

with extensive training in financial

planning, estate planning,

insurance, investments,

taxes, employee benefits and

retirement planning, as well

as in CFP Board’s Standards

of Professional Conduct,

which is rigorously enforced.

As a CFP professional, I’m

required to uphold my certification

through continuing

education, something to consider

with new financial instruments

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on the consumer market. It’s

little wonder that CFP certification

is the most recognized

in the industry for personal

financial planning. So as you

think about your financial future,

please bear in mind that

only 17 percent of all financial

advisors in the industry

can claim this distinction.

My clients have found

working with Country and

myself achieves financial

peace of mind and a way to

have a stress-free retirement.

Submitted by Gary Bronner, 827

S. State St. in Lockport. For more

information, call (630) 226-1525,

or visit representatives.countryfi

nancial.com/gary.bronner/.

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Tri-Star Cabinet and Top Co. builds customized cabinetry

Tri-Star Cabinet and Top Co.,

was founded in 1966. They

spent their first several years at

a small factory in Joliet, before

moving to its current location in

New Lenox in 1970. After experiencing

significant growth,

Tri-Star expanded the location

to an 85,000 square foot factory

and warehouse also including a

two-story showroom. Over the

years, they have added on and

updated the showroom which

now features full kitchen displays,

islands, bars, vanities,

boot benches and a living room

set up which houses a fire place

surround, bookcases and a desk

area.

All of the cabinetry is manufactured

on site in their factory

at 1000 S. Cedar Road in New

Lenox and shipped directly to

your home by Tri-Star Cabinets

own delivery trucks. Tri-

Star has spent the last 53 years

successfully serving the Chicagoland,

Northern Indiana, and

Southern Wisconsin areas and

continues to be one of the largest

and most well-recognized

brands in custom cabinetry.

With the combination of their

employees’ vast experience in

woodworking, integrity and

trust, Tri-Star comes together to

create some of the finest custom

cabinetry in the marketplace

today. For more than two generations,

the talented and skilled

craftsmen at Tri-Star have been

building beautiful cabinets

for some of the most selective

homeowners, homebuilders and

interior designers.

Tri-Star’s talented design

team works closely with homeowners

to understand and accommodate

each client’s needs

and desires. Whether you prefer

modern or traditional, elegant

or contemporary, Tri-Star will

build a product that is suited

to your style and space so that

you enjoy your new cabinets

for years to come. Each cabinet

that is designed and produced is

the result of years of experience

and product research that allows

them to guide their clients

through an extensive customization

process, including the

selection of wood species, color

choices and specialty finishes.

Tri-Star offers solutions for

more than just your kitchen and

bathroom. Whether you’re looking

to update your living room

with organizational cabinets

or add some cabinets to your

garage, Tri-Star can fulfill all

your custom cabinet needs. Tri-

Star Cabinets has been a great

source of cabinets for schools,

churches, doctor’s offices, dental

facilities, hair salons, dug

outs, outside bar areas and so

much more.

Estimates are free of charge

and in-home design consultations

are also available at no

charge. A sales designer will

come to your home to measure

the space, give ideas and guidance

to help create custom cabinetry

for any room in your home

and help create useful space for

those relatively unused spaces

in your home.

Tri-Star’s showroom is open

to the public seven days a week.

Stop in anytime to view their

samples and displays and speak

with an experienced designer to

answer any of your questions.

Submitted by Tri-Star Custom Cabinet

& Top Co., 1000 S. Cedar Road

in New Lenox. For more information,

call (815) 485-2564 or visit

tristarcabinets.com.

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1000 S. Cedar Road • New Lenox, IL

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Showroom Open 7 Days a Week to the Public!

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Most people know they need to clean

out their dryer lint tray between each

cycle, but what lurks behind the wall is

just as important for safety and avoiding

fire traps, as well as fully efficient dryer

performance. Joe Enzenberger, owner

of Dryer Vent Wizard, opened his New

Lenox-based business in 2009.

Lint is the villain — lint that has been

allowed to build up and linger too long in

the dryer exhaust vent.

It is estimated by the U.S. Consumer

Product Safety Commission and the U.S.

Fire Administration that 15,500 fires associated

with clothes dryers occur annually.

These fires account for an average

of 20 deaths, 370 injuries and more than

$88 million in property damage. “Failure

to clean the dryer vent” was the leading

factor cited in U.S. Fire Administration

reports.

“It is something very few people know

about or think about,” said Enzenberger,

whose company specializes in dryer vent

cleaning, repair, alteration and installation.

“It is the leading cause of dryer

fires.”

Lint accumulation also can cause dryers

to stop working or to work inefficiently.

A dryer vent clogged with lint can add as

much as $18 to $24 per month to energy

costs.

“Improper venting causes problems, as

well,” he said. “The dryer exhaust duct

and connections should be made of rigid

metal or semi-rigid metal and secured

with metal heat-resistant tape rather than

duct tape. I often find plastic or foil accordion-type

material, which can easily trap

lint and is more susceptible to kinks and

crushing.”

Warning signs include

• Clothes are taking more than one cycle

to dry, especially jeans and towels;

• No lint visible on lint screen;

• Dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle;

• Clothes have moldy smell after dry cycle;

• Clothes are very hot after a dry cycle;

• The top of your dryer is hot to the touch

while running;

• There’s excess lint left on your clothing;

“This has been a consumer education

process, but it’s hard to get the word out,”

said Enzenberger. “Most don’t call until

they have a serious problem with their

dryer.”

He suggests people treat clothes dryers

as a household item in need of regular

maintenance. Consumers can protect

dryer performance and promote safety

by cleaning the lint screen between each

use, ensuring the connection between the

dryer and wall is made of compliant material

and remains un-kinked and having

the dryer exhaust duct cleaned regularly.

Dryer manufacturers recommend inspection

and cleaning at least annually.

Now is the perfect time to have an inspection

and cleaning of clothes dryers

and dryer vent systems.

Another important tip: never let your

clothes dryer run when you are out of the

house or asleep.

Submitted by Dryer Vent Wizard. For more information,

call (815) 215-2090 or visit www.

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Lorenz Appliances named Dealer of the Year

Integrity and reliability have

been pillars of Lorenz Appliances

since Don Lorenz Sr. opened

the family business in the 1960s.

Now, his sons, Don Jr. and

Brett, continue serving suburban

residents with that same level of

customer service amid growth

that includes a new builders

showroom in Mokena.

The efforts of Lorenz has not

gone unnoticed — by customers

or in the industry. On Aug.

24, Don Jr. and Brett accepted

Lorenz’s award as Dealer of the

Year in its chapter (of nearly

1,000 stores). The honor was

given by Brandsource, a buying

agency associated with about

4,500 companies nationwide.

Don Jr. said Lorenz utilizes

Brandsource’s resources, which

has helped with its constant

growth and success (up 25 percent

from 2018, he said).

The success stems from an allegiance

to customer service and

competitive pricing.

“I’m not out to gouge anyone

or get rich out of a deal,” Brett

said. “My father always said

treat a customer fairly and they

will come back to you.”

And the service extends until

the end of the process: to the delivery.

Many appliance giants outsource

delivery services. The

disconnect in the process leads

to a lack of accountability. But

with Lorenz, the customer will

know and can trust who is delivering

their product, emphasizing

the company’s motto: Not the

biggest. Just the best.

“Being an independent dealer,

we’re able to take care of customers,”

Don Jr. said. “We keep

a high level of customer service

unti our products get delivered.

And we stand buy those products.

“Good customer service and

competitive pricing has us winning

over box stores.”

Lorenz Appliances carries the

top brands and latest models in

a full catalogue of appliances,

from a variety of refrigerators,

ovens, and washers and dryers to

air conditioners, humidifiers and

outdoor cooking equipment.

Visitors to Lorenzappliance.

com can find the latest addition

to Lorenz’s inventory, as

well as information on current

sales, promotions and upcoming

events. Already with a flagship

store in Homewood (18320 Governors

Highway), Lorenz’s added

a modern showroom at 19081

Old LaGrange Road in Mokena

in 2018, allowing Lorenz Appliances

to better serve its friends

across the southwest suburbs.

Lorenz Appliances was the

winner of a 22nd Century Media

SouthWest Choice Award for the

Best Appliance Store in the area,

according to residents’ votes.

Submitted by Lorenz Appliances,

18320 Governors Highway, Homewood,

and 19081 Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena. For more information,

call (708) 206-0896, email

sales@lorezappoliance.com or visit

www.lorenzappliance.com.

Written by 22CM Boost, the

content-writing division of 22nd

Century Media, publisher of this

special section and newspaper.

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Impressive luxury townhomes are closing fast at Brookside Meadows

This is it. One of the best values

in a new home will soon be

gone forever. Brookside Meadows,

Crana Homes’ community

of award-winning luxury

townhomes in Tinley Park, is

nearly complete. These attractive

luxury townhomes range

from the upper-$200s – including

site - so demand is high and

buyers are advised to act now

while some choice sites are still

available.

It’s an ideal location with

beautiful designs, quality construction

and great value. When

shoppers review their new home

“wish list” it’s clear that Brookside

Meadows is perfect for first

time buyers, last time buyers or

those who want a great place to

raise a family. These energyefficient

luxury townhomes are

impressively designed and set

apart in a quiet section of Tinley

Park. But Brookside Meadows

is over 75 percent sold out

so now is the time to select a

site and create a home from the

award-winning floorplans of the

Fahan II, the Lennan II and the

latest design, the Dunree II.

Need to stretch out? The Fahan

II is a beautiful 3,303 total

square foot luxury townhome

(including a 1,216 sq.’ basement)

with an attached two-car,

dry-walled garage and cement

driveway. The two-story stately

entrance foyer opens up to

a split level floor plan that has

three bedrooms (fourth bedroom

optional) and two-and-ahalf

baths. A large open kitchen

design with stunning granite

countertops is surrounded by

generous custom maple cabinets

and a ceramic tile floor. The

first floor master bedroom offers

an optional coffered ceiling and

the optional master bath plan includes

a soothing soaker tub.

An elegant loft overlooks a

great room adjacent to the kitchen.

Beautiful oak is selected for

doors, railings and trim. Ceramic

tile covers the floors in the

foyer as well as the bathrooms,

which also feature granite vanity

tops. A full lookout basement

and a patio are included in the

Fahan II.

The Lennan II is a comfortable

two/three bedroom split

level home with two-and-a-half

baths, and includes most of the

outstanding features and options

of the Fahan II with the

spacious master suite relocated

to the upper level and the addition

of an impressive dining/

family room.

With 3,167 square feet of

total space (including a 1,049

sq.’ basement), there is plenty

of room to entertain family and

friends in comfort and style.

The Dunree II is a sharp three

bedroom, two-and-a-half bath

home with 3,194 total square

feet (including a large 1,226 sq.’

basement) with a master suite on

the first floor. The foyer, powder

room, kitchen and living room

all have stunning hardwood oak

floors. Attached is a two-car,

dry- walled garage with a cement

driveway. The home also

includes a 12’ x 12’ deck.

All homes have deluxe landscaping,

underground utilities

and a first floor laundry room.

Where available, buyers can select

options like an impressive

fireplace, walkout basement,

coffered ceilings, skylights and

a soaker tub in the master bath.

Brookside Meadows includes

sprinkler systems, smoke detectors

and Lake Michigan water

in all homes. Energy-saving

features like a high-efficiency

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to everything: retail, dining,

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APEK Inc. is more than just another roofer

We are honored to be receiving the

Southwest Choice Award for “Best

Roofing in Southwest Suburbs” for

the second year in a row. Winning

this award only inspires us more as

a company to keep improving on our

motto when we started to “give quality

service at budget conscious pricing.”

It has always been our goal as a

team to give the homeowner in need

of an exterior upgrade (Roofing, Siding,

Soffit, Fascia and Gutters) to

give a product and service that they

can afford and also be proud of the

look of their home.

When we opened in 2008, we only

had a few employees but big dreams

of helping homeowners in need

reach their home exterior goals. The

owners Jim and Becky have put in

the time and effort every day since

in order for this company to become

what it is now. The level of care and

expertise found in APEK Inc. cannot

be beat.

Since then APEK has gained

knowledge and experience in the industry

and every year grow stronger

and more efficient with their workmanship.

As a family-run business,

we understand what you want in a

home exterior company. We know

what you crave the most is knowledgeable

salesmen, excellent customer

service and genuine people

who guide you in the right direction,

especially when making big decisions

about your home. This is one

of the major aspects that sets us apart

from the rest.

APEK is excited to offer financing

with the hope that this alleviates

some of the stress and worries that

come with big decisions for your

home exterior projects. APEK does

our best to make sure we can help

in any way possible to make this an

easy and unforgettable experience

for you. We are familiar with the

hardships life can throw at you and

that’s why we want to make a point

of going the extra mile for all of our

customers.

If you’re looking for work to be

done on your home’s exterior, then

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for your free estimate with an APEK

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answer any questions you may have

about the entire process from start to

finish. Make sure to check us out on

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APEK Inc. knows that updating

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and we are here to make sure the

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It’s Illinois Spine & Scoliosis Center’s

10 Year Anniversary !

Dr. Anthony Rinella, Dr. Kris Siemionow, Dr. Amir El Shami, and the

entire ISSC team would like to thank – YOU – our patients and their

families for allowing us to be part of your care for the past 10 years!

We look forward to continuing to serve you for many more years to come!

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to homeowner communication

and 100 percent comfort guarantee.

Their team of professionals

work to inform and educate one

on how to improve their home’s

comfort, safety and efficiency.

They are able to provide clients

with expert advice, service and

value because they keep up with

the latest technology training

and certifications, making sure

their professional technicians

are highly trained to get one

back to being comfortable.

Clients have been trusting

Amber Heating & Air Conditioning

with their home and

businesses comfort for over 60

years. When one turns to the expert

at Amber, they put you first.

As a Carrier Factory Authorized

Dealer and Carrier President’s

Award Recipient, it is one’s

satisfaction — not just a sale —

that counts.

That is why Amber strives

to provide personal follow-up

and quick, knowledgeable solutions

to one’s home comfort

problems. One deserves quality

service and value. Amber Heating

& Air Conditioning professionals

know the importance of

keeping one’s heating and cooling

system operating at peak

performance. High utility bills

and costly breakdown repairs

are the last thing one wants to

be spending their valuable time

and money on. Scheduling a

system tune up and cleaning

can keep one comfortable and

save during the heating season

ahead.

Amber Heating & Air Conditioning

stays ahead of the industry

with specialized training and

technology. Factory and HVAC

industry training provides the

skills needed to combat comfort

issues Amber’s clients face dayto-day

and during the most extreme

weather conditions. Many

homeowners call with similar

concerns with hot and cold

spots with uneven temperatures,

high energy bills or concerns

about air quality. The latest

technology with Aeroseal duct

sealing has equipped Amber’s

team with solutions to improve

one’s home comfort, reduce energy

bills and breathe healthier

indoor air.

Did one know duct work

throughout their home’s walls,

ceilings and basement leak? According

to the Department of

Energy, “95 percent of homes in

the U.S. have leaky ductwork.”

Aeroseal shares, ”In houses

with forced-air heating and

cooling systems, ducts are

used to distribute conditioned

air throughout the house. But

in typical houses, about 25-40

percent of the air that moves

through the duct system is lost

due to leaks, holes and poorly

connected ducts. The result is

higher utility bills and difficulty

keeping the house comfortable,

no matter how the thermostat is

set.”

The experts at Amber can

help one take back their home

with the innovative duct sealing

solution that makes it easy.

All of this is important to one’s

home comfort. It makes a big

difference when one has to

make a big decision about their

home comfort.

Comfort is our Business, and

one’s home should be the comfiest

place of all. Take a look

at what clients have been saying

about working with Amber

Heating & Air Conditioning:

-“The team is very professional.

They are professional

from start to finish they are

clean and knowledgeable.” 100

percent rating by homeowner

M.D. from Tinley Park, Verified

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-“My son recommended your

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& Air Conditioning for 24

years and have maintained a

service contract with them all

this time.” 100 percent rating

customer review by homeowner

D.F. from Orland Park, Verified

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At Amber, their customerfirst

philosophy is paramount

in everything they do, ensuring

quality service every time. The

team at Amber will stop at nothing

to ensure one is more than

satisfied. If one is looking for an

honest and professional company

for all their heating, cooling,

installation, service/repair and

air quality needs, call Amber

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(708) 377-5316 or via the website

amberheatingandair.com.

A 24-hour emergency service

is available. Amber Heating &

Air Conditioning is there when

one needs them, and they take

pride in providing the right

comfort solutions for one’s

needs.

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in Alsip. For more information, call

(708) 377-5316 or visit amberheat

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Illinois Spine & Scoliosis Center gets patients back into tip-top shape

Home Improvements

can be a time of heavy lifting,

whether it’s moving

boxes or rearranging furniture

putting you at risk of

sustaining back and neck

injuries.

“The easiest way to

cause an injury is not

keeping the core muscles

in shape,” said Dr. Kris

Siemionow, chief of spine

Surgery and assistant professor

of orthopedics and

neurosurgery at the University

of Illinois in Chicago.

“The most common

cause for a spinal injury is

overuse,” he said. “Often,

when you overexert yourself,

your muscles fatigue,

which left unrested, can

lead to worse injuries such

as strains, pinched nerves,

or even breaks”.

One common ailment

is a disk herniation. This

painful condition is caused

by problems with the rubbery

disks between the individual

vertebrae of the

spine.

“A herniated disk is extremely

common,” said Dr.

Anthony Rinella, founder

of the Illinois Spine &

Scoliosis Center. “It’s often

caused by repetitive

motions that involve looking

up. Disk herniations

in the neck area common

cause of pain radiating

toward the shoulder and

down the arm.”

Fortunately, there are

treatment options available.

Patients are often

successfully treated with

conservative management

options, such as pain

medication, therapy, and

injections. But a small percentage

of people with this

condition will eventually

need surgery. Traditionally,

this procedure involved

taking out the problematic

disk and fusing the

remaining disks together

with metal hardware.

While this fusion process

provides spinal stability,

it can also limit the

patient’s range of motion.

A newer procedure, called

cervical disk replacement,

has solved this problem.

Like the standard cervical

fusion, this surgery

involves removing the

disk to relieve pressure

on the nerves. But instead

of a metal plate, surgeons

insert a flexible piece of

plastic.

“The biggest benefit is

that this maintains motion

of the neck in that area

where normally a fusion

procedure would weld the

two bones together,” said

Siemionow. “The cervical

disk replacement basically

functions similar to a joint

replacement that maintains

motion.”

While the procedure

has been around for some

time, it is relatively new in

the United States.

“It took time for there to

be adequate research and

for insurance companies to

support the new technology,”

Rinella said. “Current

studies suggest this is

a major step forward for

cervical spine surgery, perhaps

the biggest step in the

past 30 years.”

Along with preserving

range of motion, there are

other benefits to the procedure.

Cervical disk replacements

typically have

a shorter recovery time

than a fusion procedure.

Patients often go home

the same day and are completely

healed in four to

six weeks. There are also

less follow-up appointments

needed.

This recovery time is

also more comfortable for

the patients, because no

immobilization devices,

such as neck collars, are

required. Compared to

metal, the plastic device

used in cervical disk replacement

puts less pressure

on the disks above

and below it, which helps

prevent arthritis or degeneration.

Perhaps most importantly,

the procedure

quickly improves the patient’s

quality of life by

reducing their symptoms.

“Patients usually see immediate

improvement in

their radiating pain symptoms.

There’s a very high

rate of success compared

to other surgeries,” Rinella

said. “In patients that do

need surgery, we find that

this new technology is

very promising. And we

are one of the few spine

surgeons using this advanced

technology.”

Submitted by Illinois Spine

& Scoliosis Center, 12701

W. 143rd St., Suite 200 in

Homer Glen. For more information,

call (877) 694-7722

or visit myissc.com.

Shorewood Home and Auto offering highest customer satisfaction for 45 years

This year will mark 45 years

in business for Shorewood Home

and Auto. The beginning of this

year we purchased Circle Tractor,

a John Deere dealership located

in Homer Glen. With the addition

of Homer Glen we will have three

locations located in Will County,

including our original location in

Shorewood and our Crete location

which was acquired in 2008.

Three locations gives our customers

a vast amount of inventory to

choose from.

A lot of companies say they

give high levels of customer

service. Our high levels of customer

satisfaction are achieved

through utilizing over 100 yearsplus

of power equipment experience.

We offer our customers

one-on-one demonstrations of

their new equipment purchase to

make sure that they are comfortable

when they get their machine

home, have minimal wait times

for warranty repairs and give our

commercial customers loaner

machines when we cannot repair

a machine within 24-48 hours.

Here at Shorewood Home and

Auto we strive to give every customer

that walks into our stores

the highest level of customer satisfaction

no matter the situation.

We offer to our customers

products from leading manufacturers

in the power equipment

industry. We carry the full line

of John Deere Turf and Utility

products, including riding

tractors starting at $1,499 all

the way up to 125HP luxurious

utility tractors. If a tractor is not

your style, we offer a full line

of time saving John Deere zero

turn mowers. You can get around

your property in the comfort of a

John Deere Gator available with

heat and air conditioned cabs.

On the construction end, we offer

the expanded line of commercial

compact equipment. We

offer multiple sizes of skid steers

and compact track loaders, zero

tail swing mini excavators and

five different size compact wheel

loaders. As with everything we

sell, we offer parts and service at

each location.

We carry leading handheld

brands Stihl and Echo. Both

manufacturers offer gas trimmers,

blowers, chainsaws and

hedge trimmers among accessories

for all. If you don’t prefer

dealing with gas-powered items,

check out the latest in Lithium

Battery technology. Stihl and

Echo offer trimmers, blowers,

chainsaws and mowers all with

industry leading run times.

For our commercial landscape

customers we offer a full line of

John Deere commercial mowing

equipment, full line of Exmark

equipment and the full line from

Wright Stander.

We offer parts for everything

we sell and even some items that

we don’t sell. Our service technicians

are all factory trained. We

have service departments at each

of our locations. Everything we

sell is backed by a highly-trained

parts and service department. We

separate ourselves from other

dealers and big box retailers with

our focus on service after the

sale. We want to see our customers

coming back year after year,

whether it is the do it yourselfer

or you would like our service department

to keep your equipment

in tip top running condition.

We appreciate all of the business

from our past customers

and look forward to our new opportunities

in Homer Glen.

Submitted by Shorewood Home and

Auto, 12608 W. 159th St. in Homer

Glen. For more information, call

(708) 301-0222 or visit shorewood

homeandauto.com.


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Prusak Roofing helps area homeowners get

See pristine, state-of-art homes on third annual Tour of Homes

ready for this year’s seasonal elements

Is your roof ready for fall and

winter weather? You may think

it is, but have you looked at

your roof recently? Your roof is

your home’s first defense against

wind, rain and snow. A good,

solid roof — free of defects —

will protect a home from the ravages

of fall and winter weather

for many years. Your roof must

be able to withstand the extreme

challenges that weather brings.

Cold, windy days, heavy gusty

downpours and snow and ice

storms all play havoc with your

roof. For

peace of mind and protection

of your home, your roof must

be prepared to handle whatever

weather nature brings.

Don’t let the outside conditions

impact the inside of your

home. A small roof leak today

can lead to a major water problem

tomorrow. Missing or damaged

shingles provide pathways

for rain and melting snow to

make their way into your home.

Your roof must be water tight.

If you have any concerns about

your roof, gutters or siding, you

should contact a professional to

have them addressed immediately

before extensive damage can

happen to your home.

If you suspect you may have

a roof, siding or gutter problem,

contact Prusak Roofing for a free

estimate. We will complete a full

inspection of your roof, gutters,

fascia and soffit systems, explain

any problems you may have and

provide recommendations on

how to fix them. Minor roof issues

can generally be repaired at

a reasonable cost and can extend

Builders from across

the southwest suburbs will

showcase their new construction

as the SouthWest

Suburban Home Builders

Association’s 2019

Tour of Homes makes its

third annual return for two

weekends: Sept. 14-15 and

Sept. 21-22.

The free, informationrich

tour aims to introduce

potential homebuyers

to their move-in-ready

homes by showcasing diverse

structures crafted by

talented area builders.

In the past two years,

the event has successfully

fostered a rare, one-on-one

connection between builders

and consumers, making

the event a must-attend

for anyone who is looking

to call the bustling southwest

suburbs home.

“We’re just really trying

to promote the Tour

of Homes name and keep

growing the event to have

it be a name people know

and an event people look

forward to each year,” said

Shannon Rocha, the executive

director of the association.

“We really want

the public to be able to see

what our SSHBA members

do.”

Nineteen homes — including

townhomes, single-family

homes and duplexes

— are highlighted

in this year’s tour.

The tour of homes

stretches across Lemont,

Orland Park, New Lenox,

Channahon, Lockport and

Frankfort. Maps of the featured

homes will be made

the life of most roofs. If your

problem is more complex, you

will be able to address it before

it causes additional damage to

your home.

You can trust Prusak Roofing

with your roof. We are the contractor

of choice for thousands

of new and repeat customers

throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

We are family owned and

operated since 1963. A company

available as the event

nears, allowing attendees

to plan their routes.

Many of the builders’

names will be familiar to

repeat attendees, and those

who have yet to attend will

surely recognize the names

as being some of the best

in the business.

“Most of the builders

that are in it, this will be

their third year that they’re

continuing to put their

homes in,” Rocha added.

For those who have not

previously attended the

tour but are looking for

a new home, Rocha said

don’t be intimidated by the

prospect of buying a new

home; it is just as easy as

purchasing a preexisting

home, she said.

Further, those in the

market for a new house

can rest assured that all

SSHBA builders represent

the best of the best in the

industry, as the association

vets the builders and

ensures that they are up to

date on industry trends and

rules, among other expertise.

SSHBA’s membership

owner will come to your home,

assess the situation and discuss

options with you. We are extremely

proud of our A+ rating

with the Better Business Bureau.

You can also find us on Facebook

and check us out on Angie’s List.

If you think you have storm

damage from the heavy wind

and rains this past spring or damage

is discovered during the roof

inspection, Prusak Roofing will

work with your insurance company

to assist you in the claims

process. If damage is detected

due to storms in the area, you

may qualify for a new roof. Prusak

Roofing is your best choice

for roofing, siding and gutter

projects. We are committed to

customer satisfaction, quality

workmanship and honest business

practices. Our goal is to

comprises roughly 180

members and 50 builders

in the southwest suburbs,

with members of the Orland

Park-based association

hailing from as far as

Channahon, Morris and

Coal City.

The highly anticipated

Tour of Homes enables

SSHBA to connect its

members with the broader

public in an intimate, hassle-free

setting as individuals

and families are able

to come and go at their

leisure.

The SSHBA Tour of

Homes has three premier

sponsors: James Hardie,

Lakeside Bank and Hines

Supply. This year, the

SSHBA also will have

a kick-off party for the

tour where builders will

provide our customers with a

positive experience from beginning

to end. Look at our reviews

online.

Prusak Roofing offers roofing

and siding services, including

new roofs, tear-offs, re-roofs,

new siding/gutters and downspouts,

roofing and siding repairs

and blown-in insulation

service. We also offer an annual

maintenance program that can

add years to your roof, siding

and gutters. Don’t delay, contact

Prusak Roofing today for a free

estimate.

Submitted by Prusak Roofing, 8907

Odell Ave. in Bridgeview. For more

information, call (708) 422-2624 or

visit prusakroofing.com.

be presented with various

awards.

For more details on the

upcoming tour and to learn

more about this year’s featured

builders, visit www.

sshbatourofhomes.com.

SouthWest Suburban

Home Builders promotes

high standards, professionalism

and service within

the building industry and

supports the American

dream of home ownership.

Submitted by SouthWest

Suburban Home Builders.

For more information, visit

sshba.com.

Written by 22CM Boost, the

content-writing division of

22nd Century Media, publisher

of this special section

and newspaper.


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DreamMaker of Orland Park wins top national

award for customer satisfaction since 2018

For the second year in

a row, DreamMaker Bath

& Kitchen of Orland Park

has been named one of the

Top 60 home remodelers

in the nation and awarded

one of the highest customer

satisfaction and trust

scores by GuildQuality

(GQ), an independent customer

satisfaction surveying

company for the building

industry.

GuildQuality’s (GQ) annual

awards are given so

that consumers can read

unbiased, detailed reviews

from previous customers

to verify the quality of the

company they are considering

hiring for a project.

Each year, Qualified Remodeler

magazine lists the

winners in its July “Customer

Satisfaction Leaders”

issue.

DreamMaker Bath &

Kitchen, which has been

serving the area since

1991, has a GQ “All-Time

Recommendation” rating

of over 98 percent. They

also won the award in

2018 and have been given

a “Guildmaster with Highest

Distinction” Award every

year since 2015.

“As GQ explains in the

awards issue, ‘trust’ is a

paramount concern among

today’s home remodeling

consumers,” said Glen

Borkowski, who owns and

operates DreamMaker of

Orland Park together with

his wife Denise. “We attribute

our ongoing success

to our exceptional

communication skills and

the convenience of being

a ‘one-stop shop.’ From

the first meeting, we work

with our customers on

budget, design and product

selection, which leads to a

hassle-free remodeling experience.

And, we let our

customers know exactly

what to expect from start

to finish – there are no surprises.”

According to Denise,

who has been involved

in the kitchen and bath

remodeling industry for

over 25 years, nothing

says more about a home

remodeling company

than how pleased its customers

have been with

the entire remodeling experience.

“Their experience clearly

influences whether they

would recommend us or

not,” she said. “We mention

our GQ rating to prospective

clients, explain

the services we provide

and ask if they have visited

our website and clicked on

the “GuildQuality” link. If

not, we email them the direct

link to our account and

explain that all remodeling

companies are not created

equal and they can use the

rating system to find the

best fit for their remodeling

project.”

Glen has both a Certified

Graduate Remodeler

(CGR) and Certified Aging-in-Place

(CAP) designations

from the National

Association of Home

Builders (NAHB), as well

as an A+ rating from the

Better Business Bureau.

He is very active in the

Orland Park Chamber of

Commerce.

Submitted by DreamMaker

Bath & Kitchen of Orland

Park, 15645 71st Court in

Orland Park. For more information,

call (708) 429-6670

or visit dreambkop.com.

Window World of Joliet promises superior products at lowest price

Window World of Joliet increases

curb appeal, improves

energy efficiency and enhances

the quality of life, one home at

a time.

Window World of Joliet is an

ENERGY STAR® partner and

offers American-made, energyefficient

custom replacement vinyl

windows, Therma-Tru entry

doors, Larson storm doors, patio

doors and vinyl siding.

“According to ENERGY

STAR®, replacing old windows

with ENERGY STAR® certified

windows lowers household

energy bills by an average of

12 percent nationwide,” said

Window World of Joliet owner,

Brian Hopkins.

Window World of Joliet offers

hundreds of custom options

for windows, siding and doors

to fit any budget. A zero percent

financing option is available to

qualified applicants as well as

many additional options.

All of Window World of Joliet’s

products have earned the

Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval,

backed by the industry’s

strongest lifetime warranty (including

labor).

Window World of Joliet takes

pride not only in the quality of

their products, but in the manner

in which they deliver them.

From start to finish and after,

their knowledgeable and friendly

staff serves exceptional attention

to detail and customer care. In

fact, Window World Ranks No.

1 by J.D. Power for “Highest in

Customer Satisfaction with Window

and Patio Door Retailers”.

One of the most popular and

best-selling products is the Window

World of Joliet 4000 series

double-hung window. It can be

opened from the top or bottom

sash, allowing fresh air to circulate

throughout your home. The

tilt-in sashes make cleaning very

easy.

“Window World of Joliet’s

best-selling double-hung replacement

window is an impeccable

combination of sophisticated

engineering, high-tech

craftsmanship, careful installation

and a lifetime of backing,”

said Hopkins. “Moreover, Window

World of Joliet’s doublehung

windows are characterized

by easy maintenance and classic

aesthetic styling. Not only are

these vinyl windows an easy

choice for improving curb appeal,

energy efficiency and home

value but also ideal for your wallet.”

Despite the ever-changing

landscape of home improvement,

Window World of Joliet promises

to deliver superior products,

professionally installed at the

lowest price. Guaranteed.

Window World of Joliet is

a locally-owned and operated

business serving Cook, Grundy,

Kankakee, Lake, LaSalle and

Will counties.

Submitted by Window World of

Joliet, 2363 Copper Court. in Crest

Hill. For more information, call

(815) 729-3100 to schedule your

free in-home demo or visit window

worldjoliet.com.


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22nd Century Media | August 29, 2019 | 21

First impressions matter, even for homes

Has your home lost its

curb appeal?

A neighbor across the

street has been trying to sell

her home for nearly three

years now. Inside it is beautiful;

granite countertops,

hardwood floors, multiple

fireplaces, updated bathrooms

with the latest fixtures

and the list goes on.

People who do the virtual

tour, or eventually see

the home’s interior, are

duly impressed, and yet no

reasonable offers. Why?

Even though she’s in the

real estate business, she

broke a cardinal rule: Just

like people, your home

makes a first impression,

and it’s the exterior that

does it. It happens when

others pull up a picture online,

or get a real time look

from one’s driveway.

In her case, maybe the

peeling paint on the siding,

or missing and curling

shingles have something

to do with it. Or perhaps

it’s the porch that looks

more like a deck. Not to

overlook the chimney that

needs rebuilding, the 90-

foot asphalt driveway with

a half dozen potholes, or

the missing overhead garage

door.

Let’s face it, improving

or maintaining the exterior

of your home is not a priority

for many of us. It’s

not “sexy”’ or very bragworthy

to mention the

‘’beautiful” new roof you

just got, especially when

your friends keep going

on and on about their new

bathrooms or kitchens.

The choices of different

exterior materials for the

middle-class homeowner

are much more limited

when compared to selections

for inside projects.

For many people, there’s

just not much fun in picking

out siding, and certainly

little exercising or

flexing of one’s creative

muscles.

And then there may be

a few other trials. I’m sure

you’ve heard horror stories

of the window salesman

who wouldn’t leave.

Or perhaps you were the

victim of one whose aftershave

or cologne lingered

in your kitchen for days.

Or you may have had the

experience of hearing

these words from the foreman,

“It’s no problem, I

will fix.”

Taking care of the outside

of one’s home is more

a need or a necessity than

a want or desire. It’s very

utilitarian to make sure

your gutters drain properly,

the roof doesn’t leak or

your windows aren’t wasting

your heating dollars.

And yet, there is a certain

majesty in the simplicity

of an exterior project

well done. You can feel it

when you pull into your

driveway that first week or

two after its completion.

Whether it’s your pride as

a conscientious homeowner,

or just the relief of having

handled a long-standing

problem, it’s a good

feeling. And, if you’re new

to choosing a contractor

or completing a project

of this sort, don’t worry:

You’re in good hands.

At Lindholm Roofing,

it is our desire to give you

this feeling and to make

your exterior remodeling

or replacement project

go right. The project coordinators

who come out

to visit and assist you are

courteous and knowledgeable

professionals with an

average of nearly 20 years

experience in exterior

home improvement.

Our company has been

in business and owned

by the same family for

70 years. Because of this

longevity, our record of

craftsmanship and attention

to detail, as well as

our steadfast agreement to

honor our warranties, we

have earned the respect of

many village building departments,

leading insurance

companies and, most

importantly, tens of thousands

of homeowners.

Let us be the one to help

with any of these projects

and we’ll be sure your

home makes a good first

impression.

Submitted by Lindholm Roofing,

3588 N. Milwaukee Ave.

in Chicago. For more information,

call (773) 283-7675

or visit lindholmroofing.com.

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Schaaf celebrates 60 years in Chicagoland

Sixty years, seven locations,

hundreds of different

products, thousands of

cherished customers and

one owner, Schaaf Window

has had a long and storied

history in this area. The

family-owned business celebrates

its 60th anniversary

this June, a testament to its

success and long history of

having the best customer

service in town.

Schaaf Window was

founded in 1959 as Schaaf

Glass Company by George

Schaaf Sr. and his father,

Fred. They began the company

by re-glazing windows

out of three garages

behind his father’s home

in Englewood and ran the

business out of his home.

About a year into their

business, they were big

enough to move into a real

office and warehouse, so

they made a deal with a

local car dealer to use his

building while he used the

parking lot. At this time,

they added glass storefronts

to their product offerings.

Just two years later, they

had already grown out of

the building and George

decided that this time

he would build his own,

against his father’s advice.

He built a brand new

building in Evergreen Park

and even outgrew that one

so fast that he was forced

to convince the lady next

door to sell him her house

in order to construct another

new building. In these

years, the company began

offering patio doors and

framed mirrors.

Even with the addition,

the company grew too

large, and George again

had to build a new location,

this time in Bridgeview.

They moved into this

building in 1972 and immediately

began expanding

their product lines. In

1974 the business really

took off when Schaaf began

assembling their own

windows. The success of

the window business led

to the separation of the

glass and the window departments,

and the official

incorporation of Schaaf

Window Company.

In 1980, George turned

an old stadium in Bridgeview

into offices and a

shop. He had helped build

the stadium when it was

going to be used for a local

semi-pro baseball team, but

he was never paid by the

builder. He bought the land

and decided to turn it in to

a new location for Schaaf

Glass; however, five years

later Schaaf Window

moved into this location

and Schaaf Glass moved

back to its old building.

Again, the company grew

so that additions had to be

made and eventually an entire

adjacent building was

constructed to add capacity.

While at this location,

Schaaf Window added

millwork and interior doors

to its product lines.

In 2003 Schaaf Window

moved to its current location

in Tinley Park. It has

since become the largest

independent window company

in Illinois, and added

shower doors and installation

to its mix of products.

It is also now co-owned by

two of George’s children,

Bob and Barb, along with

George himself. Today,

Schaaf continues its commitment

to superior customer

service and offering

high quality products.

As summer rolls around

and you start your home

improvement projects,

keep Schaaf in mind and

see what 60 years in the

industry can do for you.

Submitted by Schaaf Window

Co. Inc, 18445 Thompson

Court in Tinley Park. For

more information, call (708)

342-0900, or visit schaafwindow.com.

To trend or not to trend

Superior Cabinet Supply answers timeless question

When it comes to kitchen remodeling,

many homeowners wrestle with the question

of whether or not their cabinet selection

– both color and style – will still be

popular in 10 to 20 years for resale value

and appeal. Certainly, this is a valid concern

with any investment in your home.

Do you want the latest trend in navy blue

or bright teal or the play-it-safe many

shades of white or gray? What will stand

the test of time?

Recently, Houzz (the online design,

home improvement and idea-gathering

go-to website) surveyed 1,300 of their

website users who had completed a kitchen

remodel in the past 12 months or plan

on starting one in the next three months.

According to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen

Trends Study results, the most popular

cabinet style is Transitional (that’s a blend

of traditional and contemporary), Shaker

or Shaker-like cabinets and the winning

color pick is (drumroll) …white (43 percent)

then stained wood (25 percent) and

lastly, gray (11 percent).

A Kitchen and Bath Industry expert,

Mary Jo Peterson (certified kitchen and

bath designer) and columnist for Kitchen

and Bath Design News had this to say:

“Your best bet is to choose a wood stain

finish somewhere between blond and brunette.

Well-built cabinetry will last much

longer than the finish will stay in style.

Pick a simple door style and a medium

finish, and if you want a new look just

change out the hardware every 5 years.”

Paul Dybdahl (another CKD) suggests,

“if you are considering the purchase of

painted cabinets a shade of white is always

classic”.

There are and always will be many

opinions out there. So how do you make

a decision based on all these opinions?

Thoroughly peruse several kitchen and

bath trade magazines and a variety of online

sources such as HGTV, Coastal Living,

Country Living and professional design

experts on Houzz.com. Narrow your

choices to two favorites and bring your

ideas to Superior Cabinet.

“Ultimately, your cabinet purchase decision

is a subjective one” said Frank and

Sandy Klauck, owners of Superior Cabinet

Supply in Frankfort. With 34 years

of experience as a kitchen and bath dealer

and designers, Superior Cabinet has seen

what was trending in 1985 come full circle.

“White or gray cabinets were in then

and they are in now,” Frank said. Sandy

goes on to say, “When Frank designed

and built our current home 18 years ago,

we decided on a simple Shaker-like door

style in natural maple by Mid Continent

Cabinetry. Eighteen years later, I still love

my cabinets and the Shaker door style is

definitely a top choice amongst our customers.

The pictures seen here were submitted

by our customers and I would not

hesitate to say they have a timeless appeal.”

Submitted by Superior Cabinet Sup- ply,

19800 S. Harlem Ave. in Frank- fort. Visit the

showroom and website today at www.supe

riorcabinetsup ply.com or call (815) 464-

2700 for more information.


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22nd Century Media | August 29, 2019 | 23

Imagine landscape possibilities and start the

project with AreA Landscape Supply

Outdoor living spaces

still rank high on lists for

important home trends

across the country. Gorgeous,

spacious, versatile,

show-stopping statements

are desired for the once

mundane backyard. With

fall approaching, the importance

is even bigger to

steal the last bit of enjoyable

weather on your patio.

Consider a few upgrades,

imagine the possibilities

and let’s start the project

together.

You might imagine gathering

family and friends

around a gas fire pit with

sparkling fire glass that

allows more fall evenings

outdoors; Cooking meals

on a built-in grill and eating

on a durable brick paver

patio; Illuminating more

possibilities with landscape

lighting that repels

mosquitos and calms down

with the soothing ambience

of a color-changing

waterfall. AreA Landscape

Supply has all of these

products and more.

Someone else might

imagine curb appeal that

invites family and friends

with a brick paver walkway

leading visitors to the

front door; A fresh, rich

layer of premium mulch

combined with the decorative

stone that makes the

color of the house pop is

a bold statement to visitors

and neighbors; The

addition of landscape

pathway lights, accent

lights and wall wash lights

transforms this home into

a showpiece with added

safety for early fall nights,

too. Find these products,

and more, at AreA Landscape

Supply.

At AreA Landscape Supply,

you can find the South

Suburbs’ largest selection

of Unilock brick pavers

& retaining wall block,

plus boulders, flagstone,

premium mulches, gravel

and decorative stone, pool

sand, drain tile and drainage

accessories, pond and

waterfall supplies, low

voltage landscape lighting,

outdoor fireplaces, fire pits

& accessories (including

fireglass pebbles, round

wood grates, and dome

mesh safety screens), fertilizers,

grass seed mixtures,

sod and more.

Top fall projects typically

include products

such as: Fertilizers and

grass seed, mulches, outcropping

and decorative

stone. Most products are

available in bulk for large

applications, or bagged in

small quantities. The experienced

sales staff can

answer questions, help calculate

materials and recommend

the best product

for your project. Our team

of delivery drivers takes

pride in offering courteous

service, safety, and respect

for your property while out

on deliveries.

Orders can be placed

quickly and easily over the

phone. Request either the

highly popular same day

delivery, or place your order

on will-call for a future

delivery. You can also stop

in, see the selection, and

take your in-stock choice

home immediately.

Submitted by AreA Landscape

Supply, 18851 South

Wolf Road in Mokena. For

more information, call (708)

479-8400 or visit www.Are

aLandscapeSupply.com or

www.facebook.com/Are

ALandscapeSupply.


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Celebrating our 60th Anniversary

Serving

Chicagoland for

60 years!

2019 WINNER

Visit our 4,000 square foot showroom to

view our wide selection of products

CALL US TODAY FOR A FREE ESTIMATE

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